BEV sales increase 110% vs November 2020

BEV sales increase 110% vs November 2020

Figures on new car registrations in November 2021 have today been released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The figures show that sales of plug-in vehicles in November comprised more than 28% of overall vehicle sales. It is the highest market share for plug-in vehicles since April 2020, when the national lockdown produced some anomalous results.

Interest in battery-electric vehicles (BEV) remains high, although last month's sales of 21,726 didn’t quite reach September’s 32,721 figure. However, the market share of BEVs increased by an impressive 110% compared with the same period last year, growing from 9% in November 2020 to 18.8% this year. Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) also increased their year-on-year market share, but only grew by just under 40%.

Sales of diesel vehicles, in contrast, decreased by almost 63% compared with November 2020, with fewer than 6,000 new diesel vehicles sold last month. Sales of petrol vehicles also dropped by more than 10%.

Overall, November 2021 saw a total of 32,522 new plug-in vehicle registrations, comprising 21,726 BEVs and 10,796 PHEVs. This takes the cumulative total of plug-in vehicles on UK roads – as of the end of November 2021 – to over 705,000. That total comprises around 365,000 BEVs and 340,000 PHEVs.

There have been more than 163,000 sales of BEVs in the UK, with over 106,000 sales of PHEVs in 2021 so far.

Market share increased again last month for plug-in vehicles, which made up 28.1% of overall vehicle sales. This means that plug-in vehicles represent 17.5% of market share so far in 2021, with BEVs at 10.6% and PHEVs at 6.9%.

November also saw Tesla's Model 3 make third place in the top ten cars sold in the UK. The Model 3 sold 3,077 models in the UK in November. Tesla's bestseller also took the top spot in June, and reached fourth place in March.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:6th Dec 2021

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